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[ noun uhp-greyd; adjective adverb uhp-greyd; verb uhp-greyd, uhp-greyd ]


  1. an incline going up in the direction of movement.
  2. an increase or improvement:

    an upgrade in the year's profit forecast.

  3. a new version, improved model, etc.:

    The company is offering an upgrade of its sports sedan.

  4. an increase or improvement in one's service, accommodations, privileges, or the like:

    If the ship isn't full we'll receive an upgrade to a deluxe stateroom.

  5. something, as a piece of equipment, that serves to improve or enhance:

    a full range of upgrades available for your computer.


  1. uphill; of, pertaining to, on, or along an upgrade.


  1. up a slope.

verb (used with object)

, up·grad·ed, up·grad·ing.
  1. to promote to a higher grade or rank:

    He has been upgraded to senior vice president.

  2. to improve or enhance the quality or value of:

    to upgrade property by landscaping it.

verb (used without object)

, up·grad·ed, up·grad·ing.
  1. to improve the quality, value, effectiveness, or performance of something:

    Buy this basic computer and upgrade whenever you're ready.



  1. to assign or promote (a person or job) to a higher professional rank or position
  2. to raise in value, importance, esteem, etc
  3. to improve (a breed of livestock) by crossing with a better strain


  1. an upward slope
  2. on the upgrade
    improving or progressing, as in importance, status, health, etc


  1. going or sloping upwards


  1. up an incline, hill, or slope

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Derived Forms

  • upˈgrader, noun

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Other Words From

  • up·grada·ble up·gradea·ble adjective
  • up·grada·bili·ty up·gradea·bili·ty noun
  • upgrader noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of upgrade1

An Americanism dating back to 1870–75; up- + grade

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Example Sentences

The Raptor is also difficult and expensive to maintain and is exceedingly difficult to upgrade.

In the 70s it went through a brief stint as an X-rated adult cinema before an upgrade and clean sweep in the early 80s.

(Free for limited access, upgrade for $15 a month or $80 a year; available for iOS) 2.

First, the group is aiming to “upgrade” legislative seats currently held by Republicans.

So there you have it—three simple, easy-to-use programs that biohackers use to upgrade their performance every day.

As he swept upon the upgrade to the track, he heard from behind Peter Barrett's shout.

The Catholics, through their colegios (ecclesiastical schools) attempted to upgrade life.

Heat of a wind that might have come out of the fire-box of a Mogul on an upgrade pull.

Then, the red-roofed buildings of the Boyville School came into sight as they started upgrade.

The inference is obvious: that the Monarchists are on the upgrade, and the Republicans on the downgrade.


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